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Inspired by the children's book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain.
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This is a film that makes you stop eating your popcorn in the theater after about 25 minutes because we see so much food being handled in such unique ways, it's makes us full just watching it. But not full in that what a great meal my appetite has been fully satisfied way, but a full in that Chinese Buffet I ate way too much food and I'm either going to throw up or die of a heart attack way.
I read the children's book at it's a fun story and appropriate to read to your child at bedtime. But the book is about 15 minutes long. Just enough time for you to not over think all of the food that's being wasted and used in some extremely uncomfortable ways. I'm going to over think this movie review so if you don't want to hear anything except that it's funny or not funny, entertaining or not entertaining, stop reading.
All I can say is that I personally feel that this film is not appropriate for children because food is a subject that should be talked about and taken seriously. Not used as a tool for a father and son to reconnect (how many times do we have to see this storyline), or how two misfits learn that being a misfit is really a good thing (another overused plot in the land of Hollywood - we get it!). Having a scene where the male and female cartoon leads learn to connect inside of a bowl of jello is a bit disturbing. After we kiss on the couch, let's eat the couch!
And I can't even begin to say how disgusting it was for me to watch a movie where people pick up food from the ground and begin to eat it. Or how they take all of the food leftovers that fall from the sky and put it in a large pile of leftovers in the middle of the city. Don't they know that after a few days the hamburgers and steaks are going to go moldy and that pile is going to turn into a huge pile of smelly and disgusting mold? Am I the only one who threw up after watching this film?
Not to mention that food is one of those things that most people have issues with. Do they want kids to start their eating disorders at a younger age? Right now in our western world, we live in a society that's all about image. Girls and boys need to look a certain way and when that pressure begins, they start to have an angry relationship with food. Or it works the opposite way where people know they can never look like or be that person on the cover of Vogue magazine, so they use food as a device to heel their wounds. As someone who's overcome a lot of addictions (smoking, drugs, alcohol), I still believe that food is the greatest addiction in our world today. I can stop drinking and that's all I need to do. People need to eat. So they have a disorder about something that they need to have in order to survive. And of course the genius marketers out there know that and exploit that fact with all of the advertising for food all over our land on billboards and commercials. And of course it's almost always bad food and the more you eat it the more sick you become and of course that's when the health care system begins to have problems. Then of course the drug companies love it because the more sick people are, the more money they make. And on and on it goes.
Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs is film that should have it's negative prints burned. This could be one of the worst films ever made that was marketed for children.
But I'm sure I'm over thinking everything and being too dramatic. This is after all a film that's made to entertain us and make us laugh. So what if the mayor of the town gets a food addiction because of all the food at his exposure and will end up dying at the end because of it (sorry for giving away a plot). So what if the kids are taught that if you don't look good and appealing, then you don't belong on television. As was the case of the weather TV reporter who compromises her soul because the world doesn't think she's pretty enough. Two plots that are just used to make us laugh! Yes I get that, but this is still a film that will be seen by millions of children and these are just the wrong messages to be sending out to them. Kids only know what they see and when they see that they assume it's appropriate.
The only use of a film like this is for that audience who is experimenting with certain drugs and are looking for a trip of some kind. And yes, if you decide to drop acid or to a lesser extent decide to munch on a couple of strooms, then you'll get something out of this film. But that very small population will be the only ones who will get something from Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs.
I'm shocked that they made this film. And if you have a child, please don't take them because if I was terrified by it, then they will be too. The problem will be that this film will end up a repressed memory and then they will wake up from a sweaty nightmare 20 years later horrified. A movie that will do wonders for the therapists in the world in the next generation.